Within the framework of the Mars 94 mission, it was decided to design and build a new vertical axis seismometer in order to continuously record the seismic events occurring on the Mars planet. The mission requirements lead to very stringent constraints on power, volume, mass and shock resistance at the landing. The seismometer must be capable of automatic leveling and automatic fitting to the local gravity. This paper deals with the mechanisms designed for this seismometer. Due to the short allotted time for its development and low cost, the baseline was to apply the rules of spatial tribology and, when it was possible, to customize existing components for space applications.